Lee Daniels is an American producer and director. He is widely known for his film ‘Precious’, the story of a sixteen-year-old illiterate girl who was abused by her parents. The film went on to win several awards including Academy Awards. His 2012 film ‘Butler’ was famous for its historical drama depicting events surrounding Presidents of US. He is also into TV production and has many acclaimed TV series to his credit. Let’s find out how much is Lee Daniels’s net worth in 2019.
Lee Daniels was born on December 24, 1959 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Clara Watson and William L. Daniel. He studied in Radnor High School Pennsylvania from where he graduated in 1978. He went to Linden wood University in Missouri for two years.
Thereafter he started working in a nursing agency in California and later started his own nursing agency which was quite successful. Later he sold his agency to pursue his dream in film production. Daniel’s father was a police officer who died on duty. His father had a great influence on young Daniel.
In the year 2001 Lee Daniels own production ‘Monster ball’ was a huge success. It won an Oscar for its actress Halle Berry for Best Actress. The film was also nominated for an Academy Award for best original screen play.
In the year 2004 Lee Daniels produced ‘The Woodsman’ starring Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick. The film was premiered in the Sundance Film Festival and won wide acclaim. It was nominated for three prestigious awards.
In March 2004 Lee Daniels participated in President Bill Clinton’s initiative to encourage young people of colour to vote. Lee Daniels produced the campaign featuring LL Cool J and Alicia Keys.
‘Shadow boxer’ was Lee Daniels debut directorial film in the year 2006. He was nominated best new director at San Sebastian Film Festival for the film. In the year 2008 he produced ‘Tennessee’ starring Adam Rothenberg, Ethan Peek and Mariah Carey.
In the year 2009 came his most admired film ‘Precious’ winning him many awards and nominations and grossing 63 million dollars worldwide. In 2012 he directed ‘Paper boy’ and in the year 2013 he directed a historical drama ‘Butler’ which grossed over 100 million dollars in US.
Awards and achievements:
In the year 2009, Lee Daniels was nominated Best Director by AAFCA Awards.
In the year 2010 his film ‘Precious’ was nominated-Best Motion Picture of the year by Academy Awards.
In the year 2010 Academy Awards nominated him-Best achievement in directing- for his film ‘Precious’.
In the year 2010 he was awarded-Career Achievement Award-by American Black Film Festival.
In the year 2010 he was the winner of Best Film Award-‘Precious’-by Black reel awards.
In the year 2013 he won Hollywood Film Award-Director of the year for the film ‘The Butler’.
In the year 2015 he won Seoul International Drama Awards for Best Screen writer- for the film ‘Empire’
Net Worth of Lee Daniels
Lee Daniels net worth is estimated $22 million. His earnings come from producing hit films like ‘Precious’ , ‘Butler’ and ‘Shadow boxer’ and his many TV productions. His film Butler grossed over $100 million in US and the film ‘precious’ was a good grosser worldwide. There was a regular flow of his productions as well as directorial ventures which maintained a steady flow of revenue adding to his net worth.
Lee Daniels started his career as an employee of a nursing agency and thereafter he opened his own agency which flourished. Still, he sold his profitable business of ‘casting nurses’ to pursue his bigger dreams of ‘casting actors’ with still more success. All these years he worked very hard to materialise his dreams. His single-minded devotion and focused attention made him a successful producer and director who has produced many widely acclaimed award winning movies.